As you guys know, I absolutely LOVE being in Greece and eating all of the great food that the country has got to offer. With all of the local produce and freshly caught fish, it’s like everything in Greece is #HealthyWithNedi approved. I put together a list of my absolute favorite restaurants in Athens for you guys. Enjoy!
My first pick is Avocado, full-service vegetarian & vegan restaurant in Athens, Greece. It is only a short walk from Syntagma Square and Hotel Grande Bretagne. For more information about Hotel Grande Bretagne visit my blog post on lodging recommendations in Athens. Avocado’s staff is very friendly and attentive. They offer a few tables outside, making it a dog friendly option for lunch or dinner. The menu is very diverse and all of the items I tried were absolutely delicious! Some of my favorite dishes include Spinach Salad with Grilled Tempeh, Satori Rolls (roasted eggplant rolled with cheese and fresh herbs), Maha Porchini (3 different kinds of mushrooms served with spaghetti and light cream sauce) and last but definitely not least is their Raw Chocolate Tart, which is out of this world!
Ithaki is my family’s favorite restaurant. It is located in Voulagméni, across the hillside from Nobu. Sunset dinner here is a must, the views are absolutely breathtaking! Ithaki has an extensive menu including traditional Greek dishes like Taramasalata, Greek Salad, Shrimp Saganaki, Fresh Grilled Fish, Tuna Tartar, Ceviche, Sushi and Lobster Linguini. I’d say it’s a unique fusion of Greek, Japanese & Italian cuisine. There are definitely plenty of great options to choose from in their diverse menu. My top picks are the Taramasalata, Grilled Octopus, Grilled Grouper, and Lobster Linguini.
Varoulko Seaside is a very famous restaurant in Athens, located in one of the most beautiful destinations at Mikrolimano marina in Piraeus. With only a 20 minute drive from the center, it is certainly worth the trip. Varoulko is one of the best gourmet restaurants in Athens and has received the highly acclaimed Michelin star. Despite the fact that it is a fine dining restaurant, the atmosphere is laid back. Seaside tables provide incredible views and you are sure to create unforgettable memories here. The food is sensational. My top picks here are Prawns with Ouzo, Red Sauce and Feta and Orzo with Prawns in White Wine. I can’t pinpoint exactly what it is about these dishes but there is something that makes the sauce super tasty!
Papaioannou’s location is great, just three restaurant away from Varoulko with tables set-up along the beautiful seaside. My family and I have been here many times and we love it for its excellent Greek cuisine. The menu changes daily depending on fishermen’s delivery of fresh seafood. On my last visit to Papaioannou, they served a 7kg grouper that was incredibly good! No, we didn’t eat a 7kg fish, waiters work with your party to either split the fish in half or cut fillets. Some of my other favorites include the Arugula Salad with Peeled Tomatoes and Parmesan, Grilled Octopus, Taramasalata, and Spaghetti with Lobster. If you have room for dessert, you must try the homemade Loukoumades, delicious deep fried dough served with honey!
If you need a break from dining out I recommend stopping by Gr-Eatings, a healthy and friendly grocery store located next door to Avocado. The shop is stocked with many healthy items that most Greek grocery stores do not carry. My grandma and I love stocking up on our favorite health foods at Gr-Eatings and they also offer delivery service! They have fresh and organic grass-fed goat cheese, free-range organic chicken, cage-free eggs and a big variety of pantry foods such as quinoa, gluten free flour, tamari sauce, almond butter and many more. The bilingual staff is very friendly and can answer questions regarding foods and herbs that will feed your soul.